Texting while driving  
  DISTRACTED DRIVING

Question: What is Michigan's texting law?

Answer: Michigan law prohibits drivers from reading, manually typing, or sending a text message while operating a moving motor vehicle on a street or highway. Exceptions are in place for reporting crashes, crimes, or other emergencies. This law does not prohibit making cell phone calls and does not apply to GPS units affixed to the vehicle.

A driver who becomes distracted by using a cell phone and commits a traffic violation can still be charged with a violation such as careless driving or improper lane use if drifting in and out of the lane.

Some municipalities have enacted local ordinances prohibiting cell phone use while driving within their jurisdiction. Any municipality that establishes such an ordinance must post notification at their jurisdictional boundaries to alert motorists.